The Best Dogs for a Life on the Road

Driving across the country is a lonely job if you don’t have anyone to share it with. The thought of taking a buddy along on the job sounds good, until you really think about it. Some truckers enjoy the peace and quiet in their cab and would prefer to not have to entertain another human for hours. Did you know you could have the best of both worlds? Company and quiet can be found in a dog. While any dog…


Best Ways to Stay Awake Behind the Wheel

There is very little that is exciting about being on the highway for thousands of miles as a long-haul commercial driver. Imagine the last time you had to drive for a few hours in your personal vehicle. The open road gets boring very quickly, even in areas you’ve never been before. Now imagine that road trip times four. Long-haul truckers drive for hours at a time. It’s not unusual for commercial drivers to clock eight or more hours in a…


How to Deal with Summertime Traffic

  If you are a truck driver, you know that each season brings with it its own set of headaches. You deal with rain in the spring and snow in the winter. The winds pick up in the fall. What about summer? It would seem that summer driving would be a breeze. The sun is shining, it stays light for longer and the temperatures are pleasant. You aren’t the only person thinking those things. When summertime hits, millions of people…


Tips for the Truck Stop

As a trucker, you spend long hours on the road. If you are like many with a regular route, you have your favorite truck stops. If you don’t have a regular route, you’ve stopped at your share of unfamiliar truck stops to stretch your legs, fuel up and even grab a bite to eat. Did you know that there are ways to make your stops safer and more efficient? Read on to discover some fantastic truck stop tips from professionals…


How Integrated Technology Helps Truckers

Some truckers today may be too young to remember The Jetsons, but they almost assuredly have seen a Star Trek movie or two. As technology advances, driving a big rig may seem more like driving a spaceship than an earthly vehicle. The insides of passenger vehicles are becoming more like cockpits everyday — why shouldn’t truck cabs be the same? Many truckers are used to technology in one form or another as a source of entertainment. Long hours on the…


Don’t Let Road Loneliness Overcome You

The trucking industry is the perfect one for many people. The call of the open road, the more than decent paycheck, working by yourself and even sometimes for yourself — there can be a lot to like. Like any other job out there, being a truck driver has its downsides. If a person were coming up with a list of pros and cons to being a truck driver, road loneliness would have to be written at the top of the…


Distracted Driving: Dangerous and Illegal for Truck Drivers

Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents on today’s roads. This is true for drivers who operate passenger vehicles and those who drive trucks for a living. If you spend your days behind the wheel of a semi, distracted driving is both dangerous and illegal. The FMCSA keeps its views on distracted driving concise. Here’s what you need to know. Distracted Driving Defined When it comes to cell phones, the FMCSA tells truckers not to: Reach Hold Dial…


Safety Tips for Truck Driving During the Holidays

According to the American Trucking Association, there will be more than 90 million people driving 50 miles or more during the holiday season. This is a happy time of year for many people, and the joy and festiveness of the holidays shouldn’t be marred by a vehicle collision. With that in mind, the ATA has provided tips for truck drivers who will be sharing the road with more vehicles than at any other time of the year. 1. Prepare Your…


Tips for Winterizing Your Truck

Winter is officially on its way. People around the country are winterizing their homes, preparing their vehicles and making sure their cold-weather clothes are clean and ready to wear. What about commercial vehicle drivers? It’s a fact that many don’t take the same time and care in winterizing their rigs that they do in preparing their personal vehicles. Here are some tips for getting your truck ready for Old Man Winter. 1. Emergency Kit When is the last time you…


Don’t Miss These Areas During Your Pre-Trip Inspection

You wouldn’t start your day without your morning coffee. You wouldn’t go to bed without taking a shower. Why would you start your drive without a pre-trip inspection? Unfortunately, many drivers skip this all-important step in favor of getting on the road as quickly as possible. As a driver, the law requires you to inspect your vehicle before your shift and at least once more during a 24-hour period. The law requires that you do this so that both you…